The Low Anthem, Mountain Man and Avi Buffalo set for Edinburgh date
Americana, borrowing from jazz, gospel and folk
This article is from 2010.
With a relaxed, mellow sound steeped in the traditions of American folk and blues, the Low Anthem are a group of Ivy League music graduates from Providence, Rhode Island, currently touring Europe with their unique fusion of instruments, ranging from horn to harmonica, married with a mix of gravelly vocals and soft, gentle falsettos. Inspired by gospel music, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin and the New York jazz scene, the band produce a fresh blend of quintessentially American music from the past five decades.
Always experimenting, the band record on rotation, explains bassist Jeff Prystowsky. ‘We never know what building we’ll be in, so that affects the sound,’ he says. ‘We’re always collecting instruments: we recently bought an old zither, and are trying to find a way to fit that in.’
Supporting the band are fellow Americans Avi Buffalo, and Mountain Man. Both with the same chilled out tones as The Low Anthem, Mountain Man are an all-female trio from Vermont who sing with a lush, warm blend of vocals, whereas Avi Buffalo has a true Californian style that’s slightly reminiscent of the Beach Boys.
Queen’s Hall, 0844 499 9990, 30 Aug, 7.30pm, £14.50.